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Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Two Disc + BD Live) [Blu-ray] by Director: Klay Hall
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B0024NSFZI
Date: 01 November 2009 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Wikipedia - Celtic Woman / Show Official Info /

I had been under the mistaken impression that Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure had been inspired by the original Peter Pan, a fantasy story written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie, but I discovered that I was wrong and this story was inspired in part by the book Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe.

Director:
Klay Hall

Writer:
Evan Spiliotopoulos (written by)

Inspired in part by the book "Tink, North of Never Land" by Kiki Thorpe.

Cast (Credited cast):
Anjelica Huston ... Queen Clarion (voice)
Mae Whitman ... Tinker Bell (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth ... Rosetta (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Vidia (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Silvermist (voice)
Jesse McCartney ... Terence (voice)
Raven-Symoné ... Iridessa (voice)
Grey DeLisle ... Lyria / Viola / Narrator (voice)
John Di Maggio ... Minister of Autumn (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Fairy Mary (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Clank / Short Troll / Fairy Gary (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Bobble / Tall Troll / Owl (voice)
Roger Craig Smith ... Bolt / Stone (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Blaze / Bugs / Creatures (voice)
Angela Bartys ... Fawn (voice)
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ... Flint (voice)
Eliza Pollack Zebert ... Blaze (voice)
Allison Roth ... French Fairy (voice)

With the end of Autumn approaching and the upcoming Great Autumn Revelry in Pixie Hollow, everyone is busy preparing for the seasonal transition and Tinker Bell is being honored with the task of designing and fabricating a one-of-a-kind scepter. The latest in a long line of scepters, its purpose is to focus the special light cast by a rare blue harvest moon through a rare moonstone in order to create the special blue pixie dust needed to replenish the Pixie Dust Tree's supply of pixie dust.

As Tinker Bell begins work on the sceptre, her good friend Terrence spends every free moment with her and between the pressure posed by the rapidly approaching deadline and his constant attention, Tinker Bell's patience is quickly wearing thin. One thing leads to another and an accident causes first the sceptre and the moonstone to be broken. When Tinker Bell looks into acquiring a replacement moonstone, she is startled to discover that this one was the only one found in the last 100 years.

In a desperate move to find a replacement moonstone, Tinker Bell goes off in search and her troubles are only beginning…

At both the very beginning and the very end of the film, I thought that the Celtic music and vocals sounded hauntingly familiar, but I had to pay attention to the movie itself. While watching the end credits I noticed three names that were very familiar to me as members of the group Celtic Woman: sopranos Lisa Kelly and Méav Ni Mhaolchatha (since departed to pursue her solo career) and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt, described here as Celtic violinist. If Disney ever looks for someone to cast as Tinker Bell, the energetic Máiréad would qualify.

Watching the film again after finding out about the involvement of Lisa, Méav, and Máiréad, I instantly recognized the parts where they had been involved.

While the film took its sweet time getting going, it kept me laughing throughout, a welcome change of pace from what I had been watching recently.

The Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow is really cute and is perfect for very young children.

Scenes You Never Saw calls itself bloopers, but is actually an ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS collection of alternate scenes where the animators are letting their imaginations run wild.

Producer Sean Lurie and Director Klay Hall talk from the Pixie Hollow Room at Disney and how it's used for inspiration. Here they talk about the deleted scenes and why they never made it into the final film. Tink and Terence's race on frogs was hilarious. Vortex was cut despite the fact it was exciting, but slowed down the story too much. Blaze Gets Eaten was as funny as they said. The trolls in Trolls Reprise were based on Sean and Klay.

Watching Pixie Hollow Comes to Walt Disney World reminded me of all the features I had seen showing how the floats for the Rose Parade were fabricated, only Disney was creating magic with living, growing plants.

"The Gift Of A Friend" music video with Disney Channel's Demi Lovato was pleasant to listen to, but not much more.

Simply put, Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure is Disney magic for families with young children and children at heart.

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